Baird: Local communities awarded grants to improve roads

Posted by: Emily Gaylord  | Wednesday, August 24, 2016

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 24, 2016) — Local communities received state matching grants this week to improve roads and bridges, according to State Rep. Jim Baird (R-Greencastle).

This year, Baird supported legislation establishing the state’s Community Crossings matching grant fund, which will provide about $160 million to Indiana cities, towns and counties on a 50/50 matching basis.

“The health of our infrastructure is integral to the success of our communities,” Baird said. “These grants will help our towns and counties make much-needed repairs and improvements to our roads and bridges to keep our economy moving forward.”

As part of the program, Morgan County received $992,993, Parke County received $105,927, Putnam County received $466,085 and both Clay and Owen counties received $1 million each for road and bridge improvements.

In addition, six local communities were awarded grants, including Mooresville ($836,842), Morgantown ($82,500), Brazil ($605,000), Cloverdale ($948,160), Greencastle ($656,332) and Montezuma ($127,015).

This week, INDOT announced 201 Indiana cities, towns and counties in Southern and Central Indiana were awarded $96 million through the fund. Projects that are eligible for funding through Community Crossings include road resurfacing, bridge rehabilitation, road reconstruction, resurfacing, and Americans with Disabilities Act compliance in connection with road projects. Material costs for chip sealing and crack filling operations were also eligible for funds.

For more information about Community Crossings, and a complete list of Indiana cities, towns and counties receiving matching funds through this program for the calendar year 2016 visit www.in.gov/indot/communitycrossings.

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Rep. Baird represents all of Putnam county and portions of Clay, Morgan, Owen and Parke counties.